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Gambia in improved position to address its security concerns - Security Adviser

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) -  Gambia's National Security Adviser, Gen. Kellie Conteh has posited that with the recently  launched National Security Policy (NSP), the country is in a better position to address its immediate security concerns.


Conteh who was in Gambia on technical assistance from Sierra Leone went to the State House to bid farewell to President Adama Barrow, according to a statement made available to PANA in Banjul on Thursday.


He has completed a tw- year tour of duty  working with the Office of the National Security Adviser in operationalising the government’s security sector reform agenda.


“I think, aside from having attained the NSP itself, we have a lot more to do. The President has taken charge of it fully; he has revamped the team that are now engaged in the process. We are now looking at a more speedy delivery of the targets and objectives,” Conteh told the State House press corps after his meeting with the President. 


He expressed a deep sense of satisfaction and hope that the trajectory has now been set and the foundation laid. Hence it should be easier to build on that foundation, he said.


President Barrow was happy that The Gambia has reached such a milestone of launching the NSP. It was the first time and as such, it will provide the guiding framework on what the security sector reform should be based upon, in terms of performance, the requirements for all services, particularly given their mandates which had been convoluted in the past.


“The Security Sector Reform process has come very far. It has been a long journey since it started in 2017 but it has more issues to address,” President Barrow added.


For Gen. Conteh, the SSR is “a process, a very long term process” that entails a holistic approach to transform an entire sector that has been affected since independence, although the worst part is the 22 years of the former regime.


He noted that specific gaps have been filled to ensure that policy and strategic frameworks become that overarching guidance for security sector delivery in the country.

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